There’s a story that been living with me as I’ve prepared for this Sunday.
It’s a story about a little boy living in a village.
Every day he goes out into the woods and forest.
His parents worry about him – there’s danger out there,
thieves, possibly; something could happen?
“Why do you go?” his father asked. “To find God.”
“Don’t you know God is everywhere the same – here, in you, in me,
in the temple and at home; you don’t have to go to the woods
to find God. God is everywhere the same.” “Yes, father,
I know that, but I am not everywhere the same.”
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Cakes for the Queen of Heaven
How would your life have been different if, when growing up, the divine had been imaged as female?
“Cakes for the Queen of Heaven” is a woman-honoring adult religious education curriculum of feminist theology that examines pre-Judeo Christian cultures that worshipped the female as divine. The concepts of equality and reverence for the female in a religious setting are eye-opening to many participants. More than Goddess 101, this workshop series examines important elements of today’s women’s lives: personal, interpersonal and societal.
Offering a 5 session course for women beginning on Wednesday, April 4 and running for 5 consecutive weeks from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the Sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth, Maine. Facilitated by Carol Leonard.
Pre-registration is required ($10 fee for materials, payable at the first class). Contact Eileen at the UUCE office for more information or to register: 207-667-4393 or email@example.com.
The title for the curriculum comes from the book of Jeremiah in the Hebrew Bible wherein God speaks to Jeremiah, saying: “Do you not see what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead the dough to make cakes to the Queen of Heaven and to pour out libations to the Goddess, in order to anger me!” (Jeremiah, 7:17-18).
Carol Leonard is a midwife and is the author of the best-selling memoir, Lady’s Hands, Lion’s Heart, A Midwife’s Saga, Bad Beaver Publishing, 2010. To order, go to Amazon or www.badbeaverpublishing.com.
PASA Sponsors “Fix It”
Maine All Care will be showing the film “Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point” at UUCE on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 6 pm. (A snow date of February 2 is planned.) After the film, there will be a panel discussion on universal healthcare in Maine led by Hancock County healthcare providers and business leaders. Refreshments will be offered following the program. There is no charge and all are welcome. Please contact Bruce Becque at 207-667-6601 for additional information.
This documentary takes an in-depth look into how our dysfunctional health care system is damaging our economy, suffocating our businesses, discouraging physicians and negatively impacting on the nation’s health, while remaining un-affordable for a third of our citizens.
Maine All Care is a non-partisan and non-profit organization, committed to educating the public and policy makers in Maine to improve the current healthcare system in Maine making it accessible and affordable for all. Maine All Care is dedicated to the goal of achieving universal, high quality, and affordable healthcare for all residents of Maine.
Local chapters work to inform and educate our neighbors about the need to transform the current healthcare system into a state wide, publicly funded universal healthcare system. This is done through community health forums, guided discussions, film screenings, and other community sponsored events. There are currently nine active chapters in Maine.
MaineTransNet Program at Ellsworth Church
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth (UUCE) and MaineTransNet (MTN) will be co-sponsoring a workshop on Friday, February 9 (snow date: Friday, February 16), from 6:00 to 8:00pm entitled “Tour for Trans Allies” at UUCE at 121 Bucksport Rd., Ellsworth. This program is free. For additional information, please email: Quinn Gormley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program will address: terminology, gender theory, and use of pronouns. There also will be a discussion on the “Pillars of Allyship”: five ways to support friends and the local trans community. The “tour” will bring this training, along with a panel of local trans people, to all 16 counties in the state of Maine at least once.
MaineTransNet facilitates peer support groups for trans people and allies in addition to providing avenues for social networking and public dialogue. MTN directs people to available resources and provides training and education opportunities.
With the transgender community expanding rapidly in a politically hostile environment, MaineTransNet is working to generate as many allies as possible in every corner of Maine. The transgender community is strongest when supported by many friends, and individual trans people are more likely to thrive when the people in their lives know how support them.
Tour for Trans Allies sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth and Maine TransNet.
Friday, February 9, 2018
The Unitarian Universalist Church
121 Bucksport Rd.
This program is free. For additional information, please email: Quinn Gormley at email@example.com.
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church
121 Bucksport Road, Ellsworth, ME
open to the public
Beloved American writer, children book illustrator and poet Ashley Bryan will lead worship with us this morning, sharing his vibrant presence and spirit. Ashley recently illustrated a book of Langston Hughes poetry. During this service, he’ll share some from that book. Ashley Bryan makes his home here in Maine on Little Cranberry Island.
THINK ABOUT IT!! Registration starts this Monday, March 2 at 9 am and hotel reservations go fast, especially for the hotels that are close. http://www.uua.org/ga
Sunday afternoons at UUCE March 1st and March 8th from 1-2:30 pm
Are you interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism?
Do you have questions you’d like answered about the UU faith and this congregation in particular?
Are you potentially interested in becoming a new member at UUCE?
If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, please consider joining Rev. Sara and a several long time church members this class. Everyone is welcome.
To register, call or email Alison, Church Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 667-4393.
PASA (Peace and Social Action Committee) and Adult RE are planning a book group on Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everything
” which has some great ideas on how we can move forward with the challenge of climate change. She argues that unregulated capitalism will not allow meaningful action on the climate crisis we face.
We plan to have three meetings on the book, so folks will have time to read it gradually or be able to participate even if they have to miss a meeting. We will probably start in late January and plan to announce it to the community at large. Several members of the Community Union want to attend. If you think you might be interested, please let us know soon when you would like to begin. You might be able to get the book at your local library – Ellsworth Library has a copy.
In the meantime, 350.org and Citizens Climate Lobby Maine have a presence in Bangor. The next meeting of 350 Bangor is January 12 at 6:30 pm in Bangor, Panda Garden Restaurant. Some of us have talked about a 350 Ellsworth.
Please contact Martha Dickinson, email@example.com, 667-5863, to sign up or for more information.
Ellsworth Farmers’ Market Winter Schedule at UUCE is as follows: The Market will be held in the Community Room the first and third Saturday, January through April from 9:30 to 12:30.
January 3 and 17
February 7 and 2
March 7 and 21
April 4 and 18